I’m on a walking team at work. I know, I know, how much difference can WALKING make? Get on a treadmill already. But for many people working in an office, taking walks is a huge change to their exercise regimen. Up until yesterday, I was the sucky (a.k.a. LAZY) member of the team, but all the blame (of course) goes to the toe as I survived a cortisone shot on Monday and was forced to take it easy for a few days. However, I made up for it running many miles in my soccer game last night.
So back to the walking team: it’s a unique team. It’s with a bunch of IT coworkers so nobody’s surprised that they’re unique are we? We walked twice around our building and if you’ll recall from last week’s episode about the sexist vending machine, that’s a lot of walking. Good thing I was wearing comfortable shoes. As we were returning to the building, they started rambling on about the cost of gas and immediately placed the blame on President Bush. I mentioned briefly that our politics in the Middle East also played into it, but chose not to voice any more of my opinion. (CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? I didn’t really say ANYTHING. Let’s just say the choice to avoid politics at work happened after a coworker attempted to ridicule my religious beliefs—NOT COOL. I decided to avoid both political and religious conversations.)
Interestingly enough there was an email from another coworker in my inbox this morning about the oil crisis. It was a lengthy list of ways Congress has managed our oil. After verifying the list (by checking with Glenn Beck, of course), I post it here for you because we like lists on this blog:
- Congress dictated to the oil companies that ANWR was off limits.
- Congress dictated to the oil companies that drilling off the coast of Florida and California was off limits.
- Congress dictated to the oil companies that there wouldn’t be any new leases for drilling in the Gulf of Mexico while China, Venezuela, and even Cuba pursued these, signing 100-year leases on them.
- Congress has promised, as well as ALL three Presidential candidates, to introduce and pass in the next term a Cap and Trade legislation bill that will increase the price of gasoline at least another $1.50 per gallon according to EPA. This could potentially go as high as an additional $5 per gallon. (Not related to oil, but get a kick out of Glenn Beck’s discussion with Stu about Cap and Trade.)
- Congress has said that it’s going to shut down the oil fields in Colorado.
- Congress has said that it won’t allow development of the shale oil fields in several western states.
- Congress just passed legislation that will allow lawsuits against OPEC, even though OPEC will likely retaliate against the U.S. if any are brought against them.
- Congress has allowed environmental attorneys to sue the oil companies for “future possible destruction” of Alaskan Eskimo villages; yes, that’s right—they can sue for something that hasn’t even happened, the same tactic used so successfully against the tobacco companies.
- The Polar Bear has been placed on the endangered species list; their habitat is the same part of the world where the U.S. has huge reserves of oil and the bears’ population has been increasing for the last 30 years with no current evidence to prove that they are endangered by possible drilling or oil exploration. Environmental groups are already suing the government to prohibit exploration in polar bear habitat areas.
- Congress dictated, through policies, that oil companies could not build new refineries over the last 30 years and the number of operational refineries has decreased by half since 1982.
- Our government has put in place numerous laws and policies allowing environmental attorneys to scare the nuclear and hydroelectric industries out of building new plants or dams—these are oil’s potential competitors.
- Congress has refused to fund or allow the deployment of coal-to-oil technology which has been around since the 1930s.
- Congress has dictated that oil companies make different blends of gasoline with states like California dictating which unique blends they must make for them.
- Congress will not reduce the Federal Gasoline tax nor even consider reducing it for the summer months.
Okay, I’m done; now feel free to tell me about big, bad oil. There’s no decent debate without at least one other side represented and I don’t want to have to do it myself.